NVSU hosts twin virtual confabs

Stakeholders get nose on campus press, educational innovations



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Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU), headed by the officer-in-charge, office of the university president, Regent Ruth R. Padilla, sponsored two consecutive virtual activities, the online campus journalism writeshop held on July 26-27, and the international webinar on initiatives and innovations in education during the pandemic, July 29 to 30, 2021.

Initially, the writeshop which was co-implemented by The University Gazette, the official publication of NVSU-Bambang campus, and the College of Teacher Education of same campus, reeled off aiming at enriching the journalistic skills of school paper advisers and student scribes of the university and its partner schools.

Virtual lectures on news writing by Benjamin Moses M. Ebreo, correspondent of the Manila Standard; editorial writing by Nick I. Rojas, former editor of The Paragon of Aldersgate College, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya; feature writing by Fernando B. Pili, Jr., school paper adviser of Wesleyan University Philippines, Maria, Aurora; sports writing by Dr. Jenifer Raymond R. Tallungan, school paper adviser of The University Gazette; and photojournalism by Juan Eriko P. Cantor, two-time Photojournalism champion in the Luzonwide Higher Education Press Conference, kicked off during the two-day training tilt.

Writing competitions followed the lectures which were participated by students in three levels (elementary, secondary and tertiary) and school paper advisers both in English and Filipino.

Regent Ruth R. Padilla stated in her message that despite the health and safety crisis, schools still have to operate to respond to the needs of their stakeholders along student affairs, and services which include student publication.

Meanwhile, the international webinar was hosted one day later to enrich the pedagogical practices in the new normal among faculty members of NVSU and its school partners, teaching interns, education graduates, school administrators, and other stakeholders.

Virtual lectures were delivered by international figures who delved on initiatives and innovations in education during the pandemic in Thailand by Sunee Singhakachen, Coordinator of the Prasert-Tassnee Foundation based in Bangkok, Thailand; in the Philippines by Dr. Rodney T. Cajimat, focal person for the Southeast Asian Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Nueva Vizcaya State University – Bambang campus; and in Cambodia by Chin Viseth, language lecturer, University of Southeast Asia, Cambodia.

Other topics discussed were crossing borders through technological initiatives by Dr. Rungruttikarn Moungmai of Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University, Thailand; designing classroom activities in the new normal by Director Gydabelle Naval, Philippine School in Bahrain; assessment in online-modular learning by Emily Reynolds, English Teacher, Emirates National Private School, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and psychosocial safety climate by Dr. Teoh Kok Ban, head of research center, School of Education and General Studies, SENTRAL College of Penang, Malaysia.

During the opening program, Padilla said that since the present time is stricken by pandemic brought about by COVID 19, there is a need to enhance the pedagogical practices of teachers to adapt to the requisites of the classroom in the new normal.

On the other hand, Dr. Jenifer Raymond R. Tallungan, Presidential Assistant for External Affairs and proponent of both virtual academic activities, said, “The locus of present-day creativities is improving student learning outcomes which are set as the challenge of management systems used contextually by higher education institutions across the globe,” in his message to signify the importance of the said activities. #JRRT

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Sunee Singhakachen, Coordinator of the Prasert-Tassnee Foundation based in Bangkok, Thailand, speaks on initiatives and innovations in education during the pandemic in Thailand.

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Dr. Rodney T. Cajimat, focal person for the Southeast Asian Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Nueva Vizcaya State University – Bambang campus, talks on initiatives and innovations in education during the pandemic in the Philippines.

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Chin Viseth, language lecturer, University of Southeast Asia, lectures on initiatives and innovations in education during the pandemic in Cambodia.

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Crossing borders through technological initiatives was discussed by Dr. Rungruttikarn Moungmai of Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University, Thailand.

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Assessment in online-modular learning was lectured by Emily Reynolds, an English Teacher at the Emirates National Private School, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, but was in the United States of America during her slated talk.

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Director Gydabelle Naval, Philippine School in Bahrain, expounds on designing classroom activities in the new normal.

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Dr. Teoh Kok Ban, head of research center, School of Education and General Studies, SENTRAL College of Penang, Malaysia elaborates on psychosocial safety climate (PSC).